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Sen. Deb Fischer’s 2014 Report Card

Senior Senator from Nebraska
Republican
Serving Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2019


These special statistics cover Fischer’s record during the 113th Congress (Jan 3, 2013-Jan 2, 2015) and compare her to other senators also serving at the end of the session. Last updated on Jan 12, 2015. Although Rep. Suzan DelBene [D-WA1], Rep. Thomas Massie [R-KY4], Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10], and Sen. Brian Schatz [D-HI] served in the 112th Congress, they took office within the last two months of the 112th Congress and here are grouped with other freshmen for the 113th Congress.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Fischer’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Got bipartisan cosponsors on the lowest % of bills compared to All Senators

Fischer tends to gather cosponsors only on one side of the aisle. 5% of Fischer’s 20 bills and resolutions had both a Democratic cosponsor and a Republican cosponsor in the 113th Congress.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).

Only Members of Congress who sponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Was most present in votes compared to Senate Freshmen

Fischer missed 0.0% of votes (0 of 657 votes) in the 113th Congress. View Fischer’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 2nd least often compared to Senate Republicans

Of the 171 bills that Fischer cosponsored, 25% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (56th percentile); Senate Republicans (2nd percentile); All Senators (40th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Ranked the 6th bottom follower compared to All Senators

Our unique leadership analysis looks at who is cosponsoring whose bills. A higher score shows a greater ability to get cosponsors on bills.

For more, see our methodology. Note that because on this page only legislative activity in the 113th Congress is considered, the leadership score here may differ from Fischer’s score elsewhere on GovTrack.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (12th percentile); Senate Republicans (9th percentile); All Senators (5th percentile).


 

Got the 11th fewest cosponsors on their bills compared to All Senators

Fischer’s bills and resolutions had 60 cosponsors in the 113th Congress. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (29th percentile); Senate Republicans (13th percentile); All Senators (10th percentile).


 

Got bicameral support on the 16th fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 4 others)

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 3 of Fischer’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the House. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Those bills were: S. 2106: FAIR Act of 2014; S. 2583: E-LABEL Act; S. 2627: Strong Families Act

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (24th percentile); Senate Republicans (22nd percentile); All Senators (15th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Got their bills out of committee the 17th least often compared to All Senators (tied with 12 others)

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Fischer introduced 1 bill in the 113th Congress that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Those bills were: S. 2583: E-LABEL Act

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (29th percentile); Senate Republicans (24th percentile); All Senators (16th percentile).


 

Introduced the 23rd fewest bills compared to All Senators (tied with 1 other)

Fischer introduced 20 bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress. View Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (47th percentile); Senate Republicans (31st percentile); All Senators (22nd percentile).


 

Cosponsored the 24th fewest bills compared to All Senators

Fischer cosponsored 171 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (41st percentile); Senate Republicans (33rd percentile); All Senators (23rd percentile).


 

Powerful Cosponsors

3 of Fischer’s bills and resolutions in the 113th Congress had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: S. 1420: Judgment Fund Transparency Act of ...; S. 2362: A bill to prohibit the ...; S. 2583: E-LABEL Act

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (71st percentile); Senate Republicans (42nd percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).


 

Laws Enacted

Fischer introduced 1 bill that became law in the 113th Congress. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law. View Enacted Bills »

Those bills were: S. 2583: E-LABEL Act

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (71st percentile); Senate Republicans (31st percentile); All Senators (32nd percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Committee Positions

Fischer held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Fischer’s Profile »

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (35th percentile); Senate Republicans (2nd percentile); All Senators (8th percentile).


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Fischer supported any of 8 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the Senate that we identified in this session. We gave Fischer 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all Senate Freshmen (0th percentile); Senate Republicans (0th percentile); All Senators (0th percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of the 113th Congress) was the 113th Congress (freshmen) or 112th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.